Fishing on the Potomac: Cold muddy water!

Fishing on the Potomac: Cold muddy water!
February 9, 2014, 4:00 pm
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The river is slowly thawing, but still has icy patches. Coves are iced over and the water is fairly muddy.

Water remains close to 35 degrees. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A cold week ahead with highs in the mid 30s before reaching the low 40s by Friday. Overnight lows will be in the 20s, but little chance of any precipitation.”

Not a great time to get out unless you find fairly clear water. Cold muddy water is the toughest to fish. Fish will be near drops, so start shallow and take note of where fish activity begins. Silver Buddy lures are still the best shot. Go to 6-8 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Let the bait sit a few seconds or longer and make very short hops. Watch line. Feel for bites. 

Mann’s Stingray grubs rigged on ¼ ounce ball heads or lighter with 6-pound test line work. Allow to sit and lift just enough to pull off the bottom, to create a slow horizontal movement. Soak in Jacks Juice garlic spray. 

Punisher Hair jigs really shine in tough conditions, pitched with a small trailer, even pork chunks and allowed to sit. ONLY use Jack’s Juice spray on hair jigs! Gel type attractants make hairs stick together, not allowing them to breath! Sit and gently shake, then let them sit! 

Warmer and clearer discharge areas, like Blue Plains and Four Mile Run, try moving lures like Lucky Craft Pointer 78’s or Bevy Shads. Crank to the maximum depth on long casts, and then twitch gently and let them sit. Use a spinning rod with 6-pound test line for longer casts, deeper presentations and to reduce drag a fish feels when they bite.